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CO wildfire bills OK'd for introduction next year

Published On: Nov 14 2013 04:26:25 PM CST
Royal Gorge, Colo., wildfire

Carrie Byrne/iReport

DENVER -

Tax credits for homeowners that conduct wildfire mitigation and a death benefit to wildland firefighters are among bills that Colorado lawmakers will introduce next year.

The tax credit would cover half of the costs of mitigation done by homeowners. Another bill would give families of seasonal wildfires $10,000 to help pay for funeral costs if their loved one dies in the line of duty.
    
A committee on Thursday voted to introduce the bills during the session that begins in January.
    
The committee also gave the go-ahead to introduce legislation that strengthens counties' authority to prohibit agriculture producers from conducting burns on their property during high fire danger. Lawmakers also want to budget $3.25 million annually for five years for grants to help firefighters buy better equipment.

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